Stephen King, Jules Verne and LOST

In the 3rd of my continuing series on LOST influences I have chosen to explore the books of Stephen King and Jules Verne for their connection to LOST.

Jules Verne as you probably know is the father of our modern science fiction stories.  As a kid I really loved going on the Disneyland ride for 20,000 leagues under the sea, inspired by the Verne book of the same name.  In the book the Nautilus submarine makes its last journey to a secret island.  In LOST we have the Galaga submarine (named after a popular video game) journeys to the secret island of LOST.

Original French title for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Submarine Journey ride at Disneyland

In the title of the book is LES MERS and so was the translation on one of Rouseau’s maps which Shannon did for Sayid.  And Mysterious Island is another book by Verne that features a balloon landing on the island, just like Henry Gales’ balloon landed on LOST island.  An other connection to Verne is in the style of his books.  He wrote in a serial narrative form which saw his books released in weekly installments with each chapter having a cliff hanger to keep the readers’ interest until the next chapter’s release.  LOST’s story is the same with weekly episodes built to hold the viewers interest until the next episode furthers the plot.  While researching this I found this post by a frustrated Lost viewer commenting on  how viewers can lose interest when the serial narrative style frustrates the viewer.

Okay now on to Stephen King.  King is the modern master of horror mystery suspense.  I read many of his books up to Misery.  After that I became less of a book reader and more of a computer geek so I can’t say much about his most recent books.  But let me tell you about the ones I have enjoyed the most and any possible connection to LOST.

Carrie: Was the first book I read after seeing the movie of the same name.  Carrie is mentioned by Juliet at her book club meeting and we see both her and Ben holding a copy of the book.  The movie is absolutely heartbreaking as a domineering mother (LOST has many parental issues) causes her daughter to use her supernatural powers (think Walt) against her.

The Stand: Frequently named by the LOST writers, The Stand is about how a virus (think sickness in LOST) wipes out almost the entire world causing an intense battle amongst the survivors forming groups on the sides of Good and Evil.

Christine is about a cursed car.  Hurley’s car is “cursed” by the Numbers.

The Dead Zone is about a high school teacher who experiences a gap in time (the dead zone) like Desmond does when he jumps back in forth in time between his past and present.

Firestarter (starring Drew Barrymore in the movie) can use paranormal powers to set objects and people on fire in a fit of rage.  I think of Walt causing it rain or not,  and sending birds into windows or Dharma stations.

Night Shift featured a short story called “The Lawn Mower Man” which starred Jeff Fahey aka Frank Lapidus.

These are the books I have read.  For an in depth analysis of Stephen King and LOST just click to go to this Lostpedia article.

I plan on reading his new book, Under the Dome, about a community trapped inside a transparent bubble.  It’s like what Desmond said, “… there’s no escape… we’re stuck in a bloody snow globe!.

2 Responses

  1. Nice! You should read King’s The Dark Tower series – you’ll find Lost connections and similarities galore.

  2. An excellent article. Great references in Lost. Like trivia and things to do with scifi.

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